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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. this coming thursday marks a bitter-sweet anniversary. it was 50 years ago on a cold and snow-covered day in washington d.c. that a relatively young and relatively untried man stepped
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forward at noontime to take the presidential oath of office. the date was january 20, 1961 but for many of us of a certain age it seems like yesterday. our colleague jeff green field will be reporting this sunday morning's cover story. >> reporter: the images are sharp and powerful and they are half a century old. >> let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike that the torch has been passed to a new generation of americans. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, the inauguration of president kennedy. 50 years on. >> osgood: for many nature lovers an old idea is new again. and as serena altschul will report, it's inspiring them to turn a corner of their homes inside out or should we say outside in. >> this is your opportunity to be a landscape designer.
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i think that's one of the main beauties of terrariums. >> reporter: tova martin is a missionary for the world of terrariums. >> this is all little creeping fig. >> reporter: paula hayes is the high priestess and her creations of living art sell for between $4,000 and later on sunday morning, terrariums making a comeback. >> osgood: greg allman is a singer with a long list of hits to his credit. if there's one brief and long ago episode in his personal life that folks don't seem to forget as we hear this morning when he talks to our chip reid. >> reporter: as lead singer of the allman brothers ban, greg allman was used to the limelight. then there was his marriage to cher. >> i remember going to the grocery store and seeing my face everywhere.
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i mean, what is happening? i'm as close to happy as i've ever been. >> reporter: greg allman's journey, musical and otherwise later on sunday morning. >> osgood: good fortune is what anyone involved in an awards competition goes for. our bill geist can attest to that. >> reporter: the golden globe awards are tonight in beverly hills. i won't be there. i won't be at the oscars or the grammys or the teen choice awards either. why would i be? i've seen the best: the chinese restaurant awards. you'll see them too later on sunday morning. >> osgood: mo rocca shows us the other new jersey. david pogue tests the strength of a spider's web and much more but first the headlines for this sunday morning, the 16th of january, 2011. doctors in tucson say congresswoman gabrielle giffords no longer needs a ventilator to breathe. she remains in critical condition one week after she was shot by accused gunman jared loughner. one of thes as shooting
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victims has been arrested and taken in for psychiatric evaluation. that follows an angry confrontation james fuller had with the leader of the tea party movement during the taping of a town hall meeting yesterday. a new poll from the associated press shows the number of people strongly opposed to the new health care law has diminisheded. this poll finds 41% now against it. 40% are in favor. this week house republicans are expected to vote to repeal the law. the pentagon says an iraqi soldier turned on his american trainers during an exercise at the u.s. base in mosul and opened fire killing both of them before he was shot dead. the unrest in tunisia goes on. the military continues its efforts to impose order after the nation's president of 23 years resigned friday with his prime minister doing the same yesterday. the new government will be formed within the next two months. in brazil, authorities say the
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death toll from massive mountain mud slides north of rio is more than 600. there are fears it could go much higher once relief teams are able to get to remote villages. polls have now closed and voters have begun celebrating in southern sudan. after a week-long independence referendum that's expected to lead to the creation of the world's newest country. and here she is, miss nebraska, 17-year-old teresa scanlan is the new miss america. she's hoping some day to go to law school and eventually become a politician. that's what she says. in sports, yesterday's nfl divisional play-offs were not for the birds. the atlanta falcons whose feathers were plucked by the green bay packers who scored 35 unanswerd points. the final 48-21 packers. in the early contest second-half turnovers plagued the baltimore raferns enabling the pittsburgh steelers to mount a dramatic 31-24 come from behind victory.
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for the rains it's never more. for this season anyway. but the steelers will go on to play the winner of today's afc play-off game between the new york jets and the new england patriots which you can see right here on cbs. now today's forecast. expect either rain or snow in the northwest. over the southern plains and around the great lakes. in the northeast, the cold will continue beyond tomorrow's martin luther king jr. holiday. and a winter storm could arrive by midweek. the rest of the country it will be mostly mild and dry. >> i john fitzgerald kennedy do solemnly swear. >> osgood: next when the torch was passed. and later, the great outdoors,,,
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>> osgood: for americans of a certain generation, january 20, 1961, will never be just another date in the history book. for us, the images and the words of that day live on as do the memories of the man who spoke them. our cover story is reported by jeff greenfield. >> you john fitzgerald kennedy do solemnly swear.... >> reporter: he is of another time and place. buried on a hillside in arlington, virginia, for more than 47 years.
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seven out of ten person americans were not even born when he took the oath of office 50 years ago. >> and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defehestremembern stand at capik and white that fill tens of millions of television screens. >> we observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom. >> reporter: he had come to the presidency as the child of wealth and privilege, as a world war ii hero who had almost lost his life, as the winner of the closest of elections, one whose validity was doubted by many. >> the next time john f. kennedy goes through that door, he will be the president of the united states. >> reporter: historian
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thurston clark. >> also the first catholic president. not just the youngest elected but also the first catholic. also elected by the slimest vote, majority in the popular vote. so that's another reason that he had to give a speech for the ages, a speech that would unite the country. >> reporter: kennedy would be speaking as well to the millions of his generation who had come home from the war, tasted post war prosperity, raised their baby boomer children, worried under the shadow of a cold war and a nuclear threat, and watched as one of their own took the presidency. >> i remember thinking, "i didn't know you could be a president of the united states and not have gray hair." >> reporter: columnist, author and former reagan speech writer pegy noon and was a ten-year-old girl on new york's long island. >> you know, these new people who came in, they have dark hair like sort of relatively young people like parents not
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like grandparents. i didn't know. i thought you had to have gray hair. i thought it was in the constitution. >> reporter: it was not just youth but glamor. after 15 years of a midwest plain spoken harry truman answer then dwight eisenhower, jacqueline kennedy was not just impossibly young, a 31-year-old first lady, but strikingly attractive. there was glamor of another sort. an inaugural gala hosted by frank sinatra with many of the brightest stars of the stage and the screen. >> you had all of the celebrities in washington. you had a feeling that this was a gathering of the best and the brightest in the country. >> reporter: on inauguration day, john kennedy took the oath of office bathed in brilliant winter light. >> it had snowed eight inches overnight, but inauguration day itself was very cold and bright. the sun was out and bouncing off all the snow. it was bouncing off those big white pillars. >> reporter: there was robert
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frost blinded by the sun unable to read poem he had written, reciting another from memory. >> the land was ours before we were the land's. she was our land more than 100 years before we were her people. >> reporter: jacqueline, dressed in beige, a conscious decision to set her apart from the other older women draped in fur. but what is most remembered are the words. >> let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike that the torch has been passed to a new generation of americans. >> reporter: long-time kennedy speech writer and advisor ted sorenson told cbs news back in 1999 that kennedy had one goal in mind. >> he wanted this speech to speak out and try to address those skeptics, to prove that he was up to the task. >> reporter: sorenson, who died a few months ago, was
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often given credit for the inaugural address. thurston clark disagrees. >> i think he would find that john kennedy contributed most of the passages and the famous words that we remember. the torch has been passed to a new generation. the "ask not" line. bear any burden. all of those were kennedy. he dictated them. he had a sorenson draft in front of him on january 10. he flew to palm beach. he looked at the draft. he dictated his changes, his additions to the draft. >> reporter: at the kennedy library in boston director tom putnam showed us the display that includes pages from the steno pad of kennedy's is secretary. >> even in her shorthand, you can see she's written out the words long twilight struggle. the trumpet summonss us again. disease, war itself. these are signature lines that we remember. really this is the genesis of them on that flight down to
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palm beach. >> let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden. >> people remember this as a cold war speech because of the "we'll pay any price, bear any burden," but most of the rest of the speech was about peace and nor negotiations and about threat of nuclear. >> let us never negotiate out of fear. but let us never fear to negotiate. >> reporter: most memorable, of course, is the line that defined his central message. >> and so my fellow americans, ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country. ( cheers and applause ) >> when kennedy said "ask not," people knew this was a man who had been decorated in world war ii, who had almost lost his life trying to save the surviving crew members of
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pt-109, it wasn't this where does he get off saying ask not. he had the credentials to make this claim on people. >> reporter: the instant acclaim for the speech and the images of youth and glamor that surrounded the inauguration set the stage for coverage of the new president and his family that lasted for almost all of his thousand days in office. especially in the mass magazines, life and look, that were still read by millions. but even now with full knowledge of his reckless private life, why do americans still rank john kennedy the best of all post war presidents? >> i think we do what john kennedy did is we compartmentalize things. there was so much that was accomplished that was on his way to being accomplished. we put this in one compartment. then in the other compartment is this terribly reckless sexual life. >> reporter: but there is of course another reason.
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those other memories of another moment in washington. (taps) the sudden end of the kennedy presidency left behind a sense of what could have been. is the legacy what happened or what we think could have happened had he not been killed? >> i think it's what we thought could have happened because in the last 100 days of his life he was suddenly beginning to have the courage to do the things that were going to make him a great president. one was the civil rights bill. the other was the test ban treaty. >> a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. >> but the beginning of his presidency and what turned out to be the end of his presidency were both times the american people hoped that this president was going to solve their problems and was going to become what he hoped
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to be which was a great president. >> all this will not be finished in the first 100 days. >> this was a presidency interrupted. it didn't have enough time to impose real meaning. it had enough time to impose a mood. and to impose an indelible memory. >> nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. but let us begin. ( applause ) >> and so my fellow americans, ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country. >> osgood: ahead, the ice machine cometh. as a kid, i couldn't wait to skate on that ice.
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day frank zamboni was born in eureka, utah. after moving to southern california frank and his brother lawrence opened a huge ice skating rink called iceland. smoothing the rink's surface by hand took a work crew an hour-and-a-half. so frank zamboni tinkered for years on a mechanical alternative. finally in 1949, he perfected a machine that could do the job in minutes flat. and so was born the zamboni ice resurfacer. over the years it has become a fixture at skating rinks and hockey arenas. while also earning a place in our popular culture. even peanuts paid homage. >> there are three things in life that people like to stair at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire, and a zamboni clearing the ice. ♪ >> osgood: so far more than
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9,000 zamboni machines have been sold worldwide. they go get around and around. we're told the average zamboni machine travels about three miles per hockey game or roughly 2,000 miles per year. although frank zamboni died in 1988 at the age of 87, he's hardly forgotten. just two years ago he was inducted posthumously into the u.s. hockey hall of fame. as for the machine that bears his name, it just keeps on keeping its cool. next, outside inn.
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>> osgood: for the uninitiated these beautiful glass containers are called terrariums, a way of bringing the outside in. this idea of capturing nature to please the eye isn't quite a familiar one. here's our serena altschul. >> we love nature here at sunday morning, so much so that every week we leave you in a place of natural beauty. >> it is something that helps us to cope. it's just calming, you know, when we think about nature and sort of our roots. >> reporter: tova martin loves nature too. but what she really loves is nature in miniature. >> this is your opportunity to be a landscape designer. i think that's one of the main beauties of terrariums. >> reporter: martin is a
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missionary for the lil putian world of terrariums. she writes about them, creates them and she gives workshops to convert others to their miniscule beauty. this one was held at the terrain in pennsylvania. >> what is a terrarium? it is a closed environment where the condensation dribbles down and the plant is self-watering. >> reporter: tova insists that anyone, with or without a green thumb, can create a beautiful terrarium. >> you can do it with the mason jars you find in your attic. you can do it with that old fish bowl stuff in your basement. you can probably look around your house and find something that works as a terrarium. >> pretty. >> what made you attracted to come take this class? how did you hear about it?
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>> i just heard about it from a friend. it sounded fun, kind of a creative way to get nature into the house. >> reporter: do you feel like anybody could do this? >> pretty much, yes. >> reporter: this is your first one. >> yes. >> reporter: wow, i need to have a look from up here because that is amazing. are you proud? >> yes, i'm very proud. >> reporter: i was pretty proud too. so nice. i really love it. terrariums came to life in 1830 when a british surgeon and naturalist accidentally discovered that a plant would stay alive indefinitely with almost no care when put in an enclosed glass case. there was a boomlet of terrarium making in the '60s and '70s mostly as science projects for grade school kids. today grown-ups and kids alike semen thralled. supplies have increased 25 to
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0% a year over the last couple of years. >> there really are no rules. whatever your inner gardener is asking you for design wise that's what works for you. that's what you should do. >> reporter: paula hayes' inner gardener is asking for this. an original hand blown container for each terrarium. no mason jars, please. >> the whole creative process is always looking for ways to honor the planting and to emotionally connect the viewer, the caretaker, to the life of the art work. so the hand blown glass contributes to that this is all little.... >> reporter: hayes is the high priestess of terrariums and her creations of living art as she calls them sell for between $4,000 and $60,000. >> where do you want me to
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focus the blob? what if it goes toward the lip or toward the back? >> i prefer it back here. >> reporter: the blob in question, a seemingly impossible glass-blowing technique, creates a unique effect. >> what's really beautiful about this typical piece of glass is that it has this magnification so you can look deep inside. >> reporter: so pretty in there. you could say for a paula hayes' terrarium the maintenance is magnified as well. hayes will tend to the plants for as long as three years before putting them in a container. when each terrarium is complete she will tend to it for at least a couple more years before she allows an owner to claim it. is it hard to let them go? >> it is. you know, it is. >> reporter: but she does let them go. to private collectors as well as gallerys and art fairs
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around the world. >> i think we can easily lower it like three inches. >> reporter: in november, hayes in partnership with her husband installed these two huge terrariums in the lobby of new york's museum of modern art. on display through the end of february. one is 15 feet wide. the other weighs 130 pounds. >> there are a few aspects of the architecture of the pieces themselves that lend themselves either to something that is crawling and growing this way or is more vertical. >> reporter: and how about these out of the box terrariums? an architect-designed cactus chair that can be yours for $3,000. or these icelandic pieces about to go into production. so here is to terrariums. >> it's like i can take this home and i can take care of this. it's not going to go away.
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>> reporter: the perfect way to bring the outside in. >> i've never been able to carry stuff and play music. >> osgood: ahead at home with greg allman. but first along came a spider. boss: and now i'll turn it over to the gecko. gecko: ah, thank you, sir. as we all know, geico has been saving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance... ...as well as motorcycle insurance... gecko: oh...sorry, technical difficulties. boss: uh...what about this? gecko: what's this one do? gecko: um...maybe that one. ♪ dance music
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>> you're inviting me. >> it's sunday morning on cbs. and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: that's jersey shore, a show audiences love. critics not so much. sometimes it seems the same goes for new jersey itself. it's a rodney dangerfield state that gets no respect. a state of affairs mo rocca now needs to correct. >> i believe that there's an intelligence to the universe with the exception of certain parts of new jersey. >> let them put it right on the license plate. new jersey the toll booth state. what does it say now? the garden state. sure, if you're growing smoke stacks, yes. >> reporter: the jersey joke has been and for at least 100 years. even in song. ♪ jersey, jersey, i could say
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nasty things about new jersey ♪ >> reporter: but even the grittyiest garden stater must be taken aback by the latest sleaze to get dumped on the state. reality shows like the real housewives of new jersey and most toxic of all mtv's jersey shore starring snooki and the situation. >> this is a situation right here. >> reporter: what did new jersey do to deserve this? >> benjamin franklin said new jersey is like a barrel packed at both ends. >> reporter: michael rockland is a professor of jersey-iana at new jersey's rutgers university. >> new jersey is caught between two major cities: new york and philadelphia. and it's always been
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fashionable in both of those places to put down new jersey. we're their country cousins, if you will. >> we work in new jersey. >> reporter: so what is new jersey's actual situation? for starters, new jersey is an economic powerhouse. the second richest state in the u.s., a leader in pharmaceuticals, telcom and agriculture. in fact, 15% of the garden state is working farmland, ranking 10th in sweet corn production, 8th in tomatoes, 4th in bell peppers, third in cranberries, second in blueberrys and first in this unenviable category new jersey gets less back for every dollar in federal taxes paid than any state in the union. now that's a joke. and what about that stereotype that jersey is a state of knuckle heads? if you don't think any bright ideas come out of new jersey, think again. thomas edison patented his famous light bulb here.
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this is his library and office. i'm sitting at thomas edison's desk. edison is just one of a cavalcade of big names to come out of new jersey. yep, meryl streep's a jersey girl. new jersey certainly has poverty. most of it isolated in cities like camden and newark, but for the most part life in new jersey is good. very good. >> i think you could say new jersey is a great place for the middle class. it really is. >> reporter: this explains the miles and miles of car dealerships and strip malls. yes, new jersey is our most densely populated state. no surprise it also has the most diners. but it's also got mountains and lakes and lots of pretty things. and a full 22% of the state is the pine barons, virtually unpopulated forests with some
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of the purest water in the u.s. ah! >> you are in victory park in new jersey. >> reporter: john is the mayor of rumson an historic town nestled on a river that's a far cry from tv's picture of jersey. this is very nice. >> elegant. >> reporter: we visited a horse farm. they know they're in new jersey, yeah? >> i think they know they're in new jersey. >> reporter: they're not trying to leave. >> no, they like it here. >> it is very, very pretty. >> this is a great spot and it's in new jersey, right? >> it new jersey. >> reporter: you're sure about that? now, the jersey shore of mtv is shot in seaside heights which in actuality is pretty much like the jersey shore of mtv. >> get drunk, go out. go to the bar. you know. >> reporter: but the shore is 127 miles long. most of it with nary a trace of honky tonk. so why do people think new jersey is so ugly?
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maybe we should blame the turnpike. the highway that provides millions just passing through with views of jersey's gray side. do you feel at least a little bit badly about the introduction to the sopranos? >> no. why would i feel badly about that? >> reporter: david chase is the creator of the sopranos, the seminal hbo television series set in new jersey. he grew up in the state only 16 miles from manhattan's skyline. >> see, i love all that. that's what i love about new jersey is all that stuff. the meadowlands, the trucks, the factories. to me, i like it. i used to come back with my parents on those roads with all those lights and big refineries and stuff and this dark water greem gleaming and reflecting it all. to me, i thought that was so powerful and pretty.
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used to be we were defensive. now people thump their chests and say i live in new jersey. you don't like it, lump it. yeah, we are the toll booth capital of the world, so what? >> reporter: just listen to the state's unofficial poet laureate, bruce. ♪ baby, we were born to... >> i think he made something very extremely american and mythical american. people knew he was from new jersey. it felt like new jersey. ♪ baby, we were born to run >> it's hard to beat. it's a funny song because it's about getting out and yet it makes life there sound so appealing in a way for your kids, you know. the amusement parks, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist. who wouldn't want to be there. >> reporter: could be that all this attention on new jersey is a tribute to a state that's
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help. >> i just wrote please, please don't feel alone. we share your pain and are here to help. >> reporter: from elementary schools to the campus of the university of arizona, the people of tucson have been adding to a paper chain of expression, words of comfort, support, and hope. what did you write on the note there? >> we love you. god bless us all. >> reporter: the week since the shooting has given tucson reasons to cry and reasons to cheer. >> we are grateful for the doctors and nurses ( cheers and applause ) and first responders. >> reporter: when the president came here wednesday he celebrated the heroes who stopped the gunman and those who moved quickly to save lives. >> right after we went to visit. >> reporter: and he delivered encouraging news about congresswoman gabrielle giffords' recovery from the bullet that passed through her
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brain. >> in the room gabby opened her eyes for the first time. >> reporter: the president also remembered those who did not make it including the youngest victim nine-year-old christina greene. >> in christina we see all of our children. >> reporter: christina's funeral was held on thursday. mourners walked under the huge flag that survived the september 11 attacks on the world trade center the day christina was born. her parents and brother walked behind her small coffin into the private service. >> for sure she had a time to laugh. >> reporter: the bishop noted that in death christina was an organ donor, a generous girl who loved her family and loved baseball. >> she had a time to outshine the boys in baseball, not softball but real baseball. >> reporter: on friday there was another funeral at the
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same tus and church, a private service for u.s. district judge john roll. he was among the six people killed as they waited to greet congresswoman gabrielle giffords outside a supermarket. >> we have a caller who believes that gabrielle giffords was shot. >> reporter: police radio calls show how the sunny saturday morning turned into a scene of horror. >> customers have tackled the suspect. they are holding him down at the safe way. >> there are multiple victims. we have a lot more units here. >> reporter: the man arrested gerald loughner smiled strangely in his booking photo. he was expelled from pima community college last year. >> this is jared. >> reporter: after making this video obtained by the los angeles times and posted on their website. >> we're examining the torture of students. >> reporter: walking through the campus behind his camera, loughner calls the college a place of torture and genocide. >> i'm in a terrible place.
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>> reporter: the supermarket where the shootings took place reopened saturday. the employees paused for a moment of silence just after 10:00 a.m., remembering the gun fire and bloodshed exactly a week earlier. the supermarket is yet one more place where a memorial is growing. at the school christina greene attended she is remembered with notes and ribbons. her death is felt by every parent, says kelly forseeer, a mother of twins. >> it's sad to see that you just go to a grocery store and your kids could be killed. it's horrible. >> reporter: candles, flowers and balloons cover the lawn at gabrielle giffords' hospital. and there's a memorial too at the congresswoman's office. michelle mcintyre came with flowers and a wish. >> i hope people can step back and look and go, this
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shouldn't happen. this shouldn't happen again. why did it happen? and what can we do to stop it from happening? i mean people just, you know, they need to treat each other with respect. >> osgood: coming up strong as silklk,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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>> osgood: contributor david pogue of the "new york times" launches a special four-part series on the pbs show nova this wednesday night called "making stuff." as you can see in this sample from david's first episode, some of that stuff is very strong stuff. it comes from a very unlikely source. >> reporter: most people on navy aircraft carriers are there to practice military maneuvers to protect the country. but i've come to the u.s.s. john c.stennis for a
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completely different purpose. i'm on a quest to find the world's strongest material. to see what materials are used in this ship, i brought along a sophisticated metal urgeical instrument, that's right, a refrigerator magnet. >> this entire ship is made of steel. >> reporter: of all the steel on an aircraft carrier the steel the pilots probably care most about is this steel cable called an arresting cable. when the plane comes in the tailhook will luck will catch on to the cable and bring the plane to a quick but gradual stop. a weakened cable could be fatal so the navy takes no chances. after every 120 landings, it throws away that expensive cable. i thought surely modern science can offer a material that is stronger than the
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steel in those cables. like maybe kevlar, the stuff in bullet proof vests. so this is kevlar. it's not metal. >> not metal. it's flexible. it's stronger than steel. >> reporter: tucker norton is a ballistics expert at dupont. >> today we'll use this 44 magnum bullet, load it into this chamber. here's where we go to fire. >> reporter: this is how you shoot the gun. you push the button. ready, aim, fire. >> you did it. >> reporter: i was aiming for here. it looks like i missed by just a little bit. >> that's okay. a little practice will fix that. >> reporter: it also looks like the kevlar did not stop the bullet. >> not the first layer but the but all layers. >> reporter: so the bullet is still in here. >> norton told me that a devlar rope could replace the steel cables on the ship at a very high cost. he also mentioned a material that is stronger yet.
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>> if you look at a spider web, if you took one single strand of that spider silk, that strand is stronger than steel as well. >> reporter: what? >> the problem is we haven't figured out how to make that commercially on a large scale. >> reporter: he's not kidding. actually it's pretty hard to make spider thread at a small scale. >> the holy grail in terms of fabric in terms of the richness and softness. >> reporter: this man should know. he spent four years in madagascar making this stunning one of a kind 11 foot cloth out of spider silk. >> this is the largest sample of spider sill income the world. it took a million 63,000 spiders make. >> reporter: his team did it by hand. >> they're harnessed on their backs. they produce 400 yards of thread in one sitting. and then they're released. >> reporter: it takes 96 strands to make one thin thread and a lot of threads to make even this tiny sample. i'm going to break before it does. okay. it does not break. it's like pulling a strand of
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steel. technically spider silk is five times as strong as steel but there's got to be a faster way to get it. which brings us to the weirdest part of this story. spider silk is not the same as silk silk, right? >> no, spider silk is very different from silk worm silk. it's much stronger and much more elastic. >> reporter: randy lewis is a professor at the university of wyoming and a man with a very unusual project. are you ready? randy lewis is splicing spider genes into goat's. >> we take a spider silk gene and put it in and attach that piece that regulates when and where it makes the spider silk. >> reporter: so no eight legged goats with lots of eyes. >> no eight legged goats with multieyes, no anything like that. it's very, very tightly regulated. >> reporter: these high tech goats give milk the old fashioned way. so this is skim and this is 2%. >> both of them are silk.
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(laughing). >> reporter: here we go. sorry, honey. here we go. 20 minutes of back breaking work. three tablespoons. clearly it's not spider silk yet. first randy's team removes the pat from the milk and runs it through an alcohol bath and they're left with this. >> this is man made spider silk. >> reporter: now it doesn't look to me like something that could stop an aircraft on an aircraft carrier. >> right because it's so fine. so the idea would be that you would braid this together to make something that's an inch or an inch-and-a-half or two inches in diameter. >> reporter: the next step is to see just how strong this silk is. this machine measures how much pulling the thread can take before it snaps. >> all right. i need eye protection here. >> no, i don't think it will be quite that much recoil. >> reporter: oh, it just broke. i'm sorry, randy.
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>> there's our curve. we are stronger than kevlar and stronger than steel but not stronger than the natural silk. >> reporter: how does a spider's real silk? >> probably about ten times higher. it would go up much higher. they still figured it out first. we're still learning from the spiders. >> reporter: they own the patent. >> exactly. >> reporter: some day soon goat silk could be used for bullet proof vests that weigh half as much as kevlar and a parachute cable and artificial ligaments and tendons for wounded soldiers. >> we're really interested in being able to regenerate bones. no wonder the military is funding his work. goat generated spider silk isn't quite ready for mass production. you're special. you've been genetically modified but randy lewis and his goats won't quit until they get there. >> hopefully we come to the one that says we're stronger than any material that man has ever made. then we'll go out and have a heck of a party.
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>> osgood: ahead, haiti one year later. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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>> osgood: the headlines of this past week all but and secured the anniversary of a terrible event that shocked the world a year ago. the earthquake that devastated haiti. our bill whitaker has sent us this dispatch from port-au-prince. >> reporter: perhaps nothing gives a better picture of haiti today than this. an amputee soccer match then the tarantulas and the haitian natural team. many of these players were crippled by the quake, losing legs and arms. like haiti they're struggling to get up and get back in the game.
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when the earth shook a year ago a wall collapsed and crushed the leg of tarantula team captain will fred. what did you think when the doctors said you had to lose your leg? >> i thought life had ended for me. i didn't think i'd ever walk again. my whole world stopped. >> reporter: for most haitians, the whole world changed a year ago. the landscape, the social structure, the government and the economy collapsed with the walls. behavior has changed too. a year ago amputees in haiti were viewed as outcasts. most stayed hidden away. the earthquake forced haitians to change their views. 300,000 haitians were injured in the quake. 3,000 to 4,000 lost limbs.
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now, like will fred many are getting new legs and arms free of charge here at healing hands for haiti aide workers are helping hundreds of haitians old and young learn to walk with prosthetic limbs. they're teaching haitians to make prosthetics, to be physical therapists. in short to cope with the new reality. minnesotan al inker sol is director of healing hands for haiti in port-au-prince. >> they realize that they are not alone in haiti. >> reporter: jason miller is with team tarantula sponsor out of florida. >> when such a large percentage of the country became disabled or knew a disabled person because of the earthquake, that mind set has begun to change. that's something tangible that i felt. >> reporter: trapped under a wall by the quake, francois
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cut off his own leg with a saw to get free and live. "when my brothers saw that i had cut off my leg, they said, man, you really have some heart." today the strong heart of all these athletes is on display for all to see. they are outcasts no longer. they're like an inspiration? "yes, that's true," says soccer fan. bill fred says he now feels life can go on. one of the most exciting things for me is to be part of this team of people like me, he says. i never thought i'd be able to play this game again. it feels great. jason miller. >> seeing all the things that they have to go through and living in a tent, no running water. then the cholera. earthquake, hurricanes.
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you name it. it's happened here. for them to be able to come out here and see them smiling and having fun, that just shows you that they can overcome all of this. >> reporter: the same might be said of haiti. ♪. >> osgood: ahead, singer gregg allman back on the road. and later, how sweet it is. my corner office comes with a tailgate. nine to five is more like 24/7. i grew up believing hard work pays off. so should retirement. ancr: at physicians mutual we work hard like you. it's why we're rated in the top one percent of all insurance companies. maybe we should talk.
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>> reporter: by now the songs are like old friends. and after 42 years more than 30 albums and thousands of concerts gregg allman never gets tired of singing them. why do you love singing so much? >> it's like going to an analyst and just spilling your guts or getting something off your chest, you know. look, here's the way it is. ♪ wake up >> reporter: there's no question the allman brothers, the bluesy jam band pioneers who all but invented southern rock.... >> what a great to be in make on, georgia ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter:... has earned a special place in music history. now they have their own museum to prove it. ♪ last sunday morning
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>> reporter: they call it the big house. the ram shackle home they shared for two magical years from 1970 to '72. >> looks a lot different than it did when i lived here. >> reporter: what did it look like then? >> it looked like a bunch of hippies lived here, right? ♪ >> reporter: so this is duane's bedroom? >> right. >> reporter: if these walls could talk. >> really. >> reporter: while make onwas the turning point the band's musical journey began in nashville, tennessee. gregory allman was born on december 8, 1947, a year and 18 days after his brother duane. tragedy struck early. their father was murdered by a hitchhiker when greg was just two. big brother duane had to fill the void. so he was kind of a father figure to you in some ways.
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>> also big brother. he knew so much more than me. if we didn't live to be 96 and 95, i'd be baby brother still. >> reporter: but it was greg who first discovered music when asinine-year-old he saw a neighbor with a guitar. what you got here, jimmy? he said, it's a guitar, boy. and he played she'll be coming around the mountain. >> reporter: did you fall in love with the guitar the first time you saw it? >> i did. it was like that. >> reporter: greg thought duane who quickly became a virtuoso. they played together until 1969 when duane assembled what would become the allman brothers band. greg was reluctant to sign on. >> i was accepted to college to be a general surgeon.
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>> reporter: no way. >> really. my brother said, man, we have to go out and tear up the roads for a while. i said i'll tell you what. i'll go out there for two years. then i'm going back to med school. i got out there. in two years i was so far in debt, man, i had to stay. >> reporter: in debt perhaps. but along the way greg found he had a gift. for song writing. ♪ sweet melissa > was there such a person as melissa? >> no. but there was a person that i had dreamed up. i was real lonely. i had everything in the song written but the title. ♪ but back home with sweet barbara ♪ ♪ with sweet mary jo and i just... i was
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flabbergasted, you know? >> reporter: inspiration came to him in of all places a grocery store. >> i was the only one in the store. except for this one spanish lady. she had little toddler with her. she was everywhere. one time she just took off down this one aisle. and the lady just freaked out. she went, oh, melissa, melissa, come back. and i went, lady, i could kiss you. melissa. that's it. >> reporter: the band released two albums. gaining little attention until 1971 when they recorded a performance at new york's legendary fillmore east.
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the album catapulted them to worldwide fame. to this day it is considered one of the greatest live albums of all time. their wildest dreams had come true. but just three months later it all came crashing down. do you remember when you lost him? is that day clear in your mind? >> yeah, yeah. too clear. >> reporter: on october 29, 1971, duane allman was riding his motorcycle downhill crest avenue in make on. when a truck turned in front of him. >> he had two speeds, man. 100 and park. >> reporter: greg will never forget the phone call. >> i just ran down the hill to
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the hospital. there was a guy there meeting me. he takes me in to the chapel. >> reporter: duane allman was dead at 24. 30 years later rolling stone magazine ranked him the second greatest guitarist of all time. >> after he passed away, everybody looked around at each other and like what are we going to do now? the leader is gone. i just kind of was like, don't look at me. i just happen to have the same last name. ♪ lord, i was boorn a rambling man ♪ >> reporter: band carried on with guitarist dicky bets shouldering more of the load. ♪ when it's time for leaving, i hope you understand ♪ >> reporter: but with his long blonde hair and gritty soulful
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voice... ♪ ... greg got most of the attention. more than he bargained for after his high profile marriage in 1975 to cher. >> i remember going to the grocery store and just seeing my face everywhere. i'm like what is happening? she said, i told you, i told you this would happen. >> reporter: cher told you that. >> yes, she warned me. >> reporter: their marriage lasted four years. there's still a friendship and a mutual respect there? >> yeah. i mean we have a kid together. you know. she's good people anyway. ♪ i'm no angel > there was a number of successful solo albums and after breaking up the allman brothers' band reformed in 1989. these are good times for gregg
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allman. you love living in the south, don't you? >> oh, yeah. i think once you're born in the south, you won't go anywhere else. >> reporter: last year he underwent a successful liver transplant. this week he's releasing his first solo album in 14 years. at age 63, he's back on tour. ♪ it seems the man who first sing the road goes on forever more than four decades ago wasn't too far off. so you're going to do it until you just can't do it anymore. >> until they have to take my ass out there on a stretcher.
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house republicans plan a largely symbolic vote on health care repeal this coming week. american spectator contributor russ ferguson thinks they better be careful what they wish for. >> when health care reform passed over substantial objections those who opposed it scrambled to find ways to get rid of it. you can repeal it. you can defund it. or as virginia's attorney general decided you can sue. he may be on to something. there does seem to be something wrong with the united states government telling me that i have to go out into the private marketplace and buy something that i just don't want to buy. after all this is a capitalist nation and capitalism is founded not only on choosing among providers in the marketplace but on having to choice to stay out of the marketplace altogether. that's what encourages companies to do better. to give us a valuable service so that we're willing to dole out our hard earned dollars to obtain that service.
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so far the courts seem to agree that there is something wrong with that. a federal district court judge has ruled that the individual mandate as its called is in fact unconstitutional. but in challenging that law our health care opponents biting off more than they can chew. even if the government doesn't have the right to force us to buy health insurance, they clearly have the right to tax us. they clearly have the right to use their spending power to buy health insurance for us. so they could do exactly that. raise our taxes and provide us with health insurance. that's exactly what the most ardent supporters of health care reform wanted but it's what opponents feared the most. the public option. now if opponents succeed in convincing higher courts that the individual mandate is indeed unconstitution they may succeed in bringing their biggest fear the public option to reality. public option is the nationwide system of government administered health care. opponents argue that means not only long wait times and poor service but your life and every decision regarding it is basically in the government's hands. the individual mandate forcing us to go out and buy our own
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health insurance was really a product of compromise. some wanted the public option. some wanted no option at all. now if the supreme court finds the individual mandate is in fact unconstitutional and we go back to the drawing board the question is which option will we end up with? opponents are hoping it's no option at all. but it could very well be the dreaded public option instead. >> do you see that? >> osgood: coming up noodling around. hey, guys. printer's out of ink. just shake it. [ rattling ] [ male announcer ] need ink? this week at staples, spend $40 on ink and get a $10 visa prepaid card via easy rebate. that was easy. it's your fault. naturally blame the mucus. [ mucus ] try new advil congestion relief. it treats the real problem. reducing swelling due to nasal inflammation. new advil congestion relief.
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hills. i won't be there. i've just been to an awards spectacular. you won't see that at the golden globe. the top 100 chinese restaurant awards. at the airport hyatt in san francisco where celebrities walk the red carpet lined with paparazzi. johnny depp wasn't there but look there's celebrity chef martin yang who has been on tv worldwide nearly 4,000 times and has written 30 cook books. >> angelina jolie not there either. but there's media personality teresa lynn chang the cook book author whose hands appeared in a film "eat, drink, man, woman."
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but the super stars were the chinese restaurants and the food they served. ♪ i am going to like it here ♪ > with some 45,000 of them in the u.s., chinese food has become as american as apple pie. >> i am going to like it here. the chances are you've probably had general chao's chicken since you've had apple pie. >> reporter: the categories here differed from the golden globe. >> for the top 100 takeout.... >> reporter: the take-out category, for example. caller wong was a winner. how do you feel right now? you're a big winner. >> very exciting. >> reporter: how do they judge you on carryout? >> carryout just means we have really good carryout, really fast deliver. >> reporter: there was the category best chinese buffet. >>. >> crazy buffet. >> reporter: and the award for
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overall excellence. >> it's like an oscar academy award ceremony. we run out a red carpet. it's a great deal. >> reporter: and did he feel like a star? >> oh, yeah. i am at this moment. >> reporter: a lifetime achievement award was presented to 91-year-old cecilia chang. >> when i first came here, i still remember everywhere we go we can only get chop suey. >> reporter: today chop suey is the spam of chinese cuisine. ♪ chop suey >> reporter: the trend is to authenticity said chef tony. is asian food sometimes too authentic for americans? when you get into chicken feet. >> yes, we do chicken feet and intestines. >> to be chosen the top 3 among 45,000 chinese restaurants. >> reporter: as the number one restaurant overall was about to be announced, you could
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pick up the tension with chop sticks. and the winner was? the yang min restaurant in pennsylvania owned by michael way who has worked there for 30 years. what are you going to do with that? >> i'm very proud of that. i'll put it on the wall in the restaurant. >> reporter: how do you feel? >> oh, i feel pleased. >> reporter: you feel like an academy award oscar winner right now? >> yeah. >> reporter: it was good to see someone other than a movie star or a pop singer getting some recognition at an awards show. just one last question. do you have chop suey on the menu? >> no. no, no, no, no ♪ chop suey ♪ chop, chop, chop, chop, chop suey ♪ bill geist in san francisco. now to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face nation.
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good morning, bob. >> schieffer: good morning, charles. we're going to talk about can america change the national debate as the president asked in his speech? we'll talk to among others the man they called the mayor of america after 9/11, rudy giuliani, and pennsylvania's outgoing governor ed rendell. >> osgood: thank you, bob schieffer. we'll be watching. and next week here on sunday morning. >> can you tell me what should we say when we make an r? >> osgood: the right stuff. >> some of the filming happened in the lincoln center square. >> osgood: and actress natalie portman. they've been singing the same song for the last three hours. ♪ just call me angel ♪ of the morning ♪ angel ♪ just touch my cheek before... ♪ [ nathan ] that was painful to watch. he needs a highlander. one that comes with a sweet rear-seat entertainment system.
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